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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 19

On Sunday June 4th we welcomed 635 riders to our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! These hard working riders raised over $176,000 for our youth, international and bike shop programs. Over 130 folks joined us on our brand new 100 mile Century route and we were very impressed by our youngest rider to complete 10 miles on her own bike, 6 year old Nina.

Check out the full results and photos on our website and Facebook. Thank you to all of our riders, sponsors and volunteers for helping out!

We need feedback from those of you who attended! We’ve got surveys up for riders and volunteers, please fill them out by June 26th and you could win a gift card to Amsterdam Falafelshop!

 

Youth learning in Earn-A-Bike
Apply for Summer Earn-A-Bike!

We’ve got two sessions of Summer Earn-A-Bike rapidly approaching! Fill out an application today for either session.

Summer 1 will be July 10th to July 27th and Summer 2 will be July 31st to August 17th, both run Monday – Friday 2pm – 6pm.

Help with a container loading!
Help BNB Load a Container to Sierra Leone!

Come help load a container to Village Bicycle Project in Sierra Leone on Sunday, July 9th from 9am to 6pm. Feel free to come by for an hour or stay all day. We appreciate RSVPs in advance!

This is the first container we’ve loaded to Sierra Leone since 2013!

Join our Team!
We’re Hiring for the Shop!

We’re looking for bike mechanics to help out on a full-time seasonal basis, check out our job posting.

We’re looking for previous experience in a bike shop setting but all interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Please help spread the word!

Visit the Bike Shop!
Summer is Finally at the BNB Shop!

Come get your bike tuned up and ready to go for the season, or check out our selection of bikes for sale if you need a new ride. We’ve got a variety of new bikes from Bianchi and Raleigh in addition to our selection of tuned-up used and refurbished bikes.

Did you ride our Bike-A-Thon and wonder how you could get one of our stylish cycling jerseys? We’re doing a new limited run of this classic yellow and black jersey. If you’d like to pre-order to guarantee you get one, please call the Shop at 617-522-0226.

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 6/19 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night
Tues 6/20 7-8pm Flat Fixing
Tues 6/27 7-8pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Mon 7/10 7-9pm Femmechanics

Come work with us!
Support BNB With Your Purchases This Summer!

 On June 21st attend the Laugh While You Can Comedy Benefit Show at the Midway Cafe! The show runs from 6-8pm and tickets are $10, buy online.

Tuesday July 11th 5:30pm to close, eat at Tres Gatos in JP and a 10% of all sales will benefit Bikes Not Bombs! Make a reservation today.

Mark your calendar, on Tuesday August 15th we’ll be at Flatbread Somerville in Davis Sq. for a benefit night!

Bernie
Volunteer of the Month – Bernardo Cruceta

Bernardo is an avid cyclist who encourages other young people to cycle and use their bike as a source of transportation, and has been such a help to Youth Programs that we can’t imagine last Spring without him. On top of his amazing cycling and wheelie skills, Bernardo is a trustworthy mechanic. He helped lead safety checks on all of the Girls In Action participants’ bikes before graduation and is frequently requested at our weekly Bike-In. Most importantly Bernardo is a kind spirit that strives to bring peace to the world. Thank you Bernie!


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 19

From the email:

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What’s happening

3 reasons to sign up for Tour de Streets today

TourdeStreets.jpgTour de Streets is LivableStreets’ biggest fundraiser of the year, and – more importantly – it’s a ton of fun! Here are three reasons to sign up today to join us on September 9th:

  1. The location is amazing. With views of the Boston skyline, a playground, skate park and beautiful patio to enjoy live music and delicious BBQ after your ride, can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday in September?

  2. It honors lives lost to traffic crashes. Tour de Streets celebrates the life and spirit of Bob Zeeb, along with other members of our Metro Boston community whose lives have been lost to traffic crashes.

  3. It’s a great way to show your friends why you care about our streets. You can create a team and get your friends and family involved. Plus anyone who donates $25 or more gets a ticket to the BBQ!

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Welcome to our summer interns!

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We are excited to welcome a great group of summer interns who are contributing to important initiatives like the Emerald Network and Better Buses. Learn more about our summer staff here!


Support the omnibus road safety bill

unnamed.jpgOn June 13, members of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalitiontestified in support of elements of An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities (S1905/H2877) – an omnibus road safety bill – at the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Transportation hearing. If the bill is reported favorably by this committee, it will be sent on to the Ways and Means Committee in both the Senate and the House to determine if the Commonwealth has the means to enact such a law. Thereafter, the bill would go to a general vote, at which point your input with your local lawmakers becomes even more important. Please consider submitting written testimony in support of this bill.


Take the Sullivan Square Safe Streets Survey

Sullivan-Square-1.pngWe want to hear from you! Fill out the Sullivan Square Safe Streets survey. Employers along the Sullivan Square/Rutherford Ave corridor and transportation advocacy organizations are seeking to create safer places for walking, biking, transit and driving in the area. Fill out this survey to help us prioritize locations and safety issues – tell us which areas are most problematic and what would make your commute better! Survey link: https://goo.gl/forms/jKO5OH9ERy3kITKr1


Wins

Beacon Street Vision Zero meeting

beaconstmap_arlingtontomass-01.pngOn June 12th, the Boston Transportation Department presented their preferred design for Beacon Street in the Back Bay, a Vision Zero priority corridor. The proposed improvements include leading pedestrian intervals at crossings, removing a lane of vehicular traffic, adding a one-way parking protected bikeway, daylighting, and more.

Before June 30th, please review the plan for yourself, email [email protected] to submit feedback, and take BTD’s bike connectivity survey to advocate for improved network connections on adjacent streets. BTD will present a final design in September, and the project will hopefully be implemented before the end of 2017.

LivableStreets is working with our Vision Zero partners to deploy Street Ambassadors post-implementation to educate the public on how to properly use this new infrastructure. Interested in helping us spread the word? Reach out to Andrew at [email protected].


Silver Line “Better Bus” pilot has ended

SilverLine_BRT.jpgThank you to all of our amazing partners and Street Ambassadors who teamed up for BostonBRT‘s Silver Line Better Bus Experience. After watching bus after bus board passengers quickly and efficiently, it was clear that all-door boarding is critical to improving transit in the Boston area. LivableStreets will be reporting back on feedback and data collected during this demonstration. Also, BostonBRT will soon announce selections for its RFP process, and LivableStreets will continue to advocate for better service system-wide.

Want to see future improvements on your bus? Get involved in our Better Buses initiative, and join us for this month’s Advocacy Committee meeting on June 28th to brainstorm strategy.


Opportunities

The Boston Cyclists Union is hiring!

Boston_Cyclists_Union_logo.pngThe Boston Cyclists Union is looking to hire a Mechanic/Bike Repair Program Coordinator to manage the Dudley Bike Workshop and the Bike to Market Program. To learn more and apply, click here.


MassDOT is hiring a Complete Streets engineer!

MassDOT-Formal_Logo.jpgMassDOT is hiring a Complete Streets engineer. Spread the word so they can find great candidates. To view the job description and apply, click here.


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 13

What’s happening

Become_a_Street_Ambassador.jpgBecome a Street Ambassador

We are launching our Street Ambassador program for 2017 to directly engage the public in our Better Buses and Longwood Areacampaigns. We need volunteers who are passionate about improving transportation and are willing to help us collect feedback from the public. This is a great experience for anyone interested in grassroots organizing. RSVP with us for one of the following trainings:
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Event Details:
Street Ambassador Info Session I
Wednesday, March 29, 6-7pm
@LivableStreets Alliance

Event Details:
Street Ambassador Info Session II
Wednesday, April 5th, 12-1pm
@Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Take our Longwood Area survey

Take_our_Longwood_Area_multimodal_survey.JPGWe recently launched a new initiative in the Longwood Area in partnership with the Longwood Area Cyclists. Throughout 2017, we’ll be collecting feedback from the public while working with area institutions and partners to identify key problems and implement solutions. Please help us by taking the survey and spreading the word!


Wins

Celebrate the release of the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan

Go_Boston_2030_release.jpgAfter two years of outreach and dozens of workshops, the City of Boston has released its Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future. LivableStreets has been involved in this process since the beginning, and this ambitious plan encapsulates our vision for a Boston where streets are safe, equitable, and vibrant places for people. From Better Buses to the Emerald Network and Vision Zero, the proposed projects and policies directly impact our programs. Check out our overview of the plan here.

Now the hard work begins. Sign up as a Street Ambassador or join our Advocacy Committee to help us make this plan a reality. 


LivableStreets in the news

images.jpgOver the past month, our Better Buses and Go Boston 2030 advocacy has been featured in national and local media. Read CityLab’s pieceabout Everett’s pop-up bus lane and Boston’s efforts to roll-out similar bus priority measures. Also, be sure to check out what our executive director had to say about the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan in this WGBH News piece. Review all of our recent press coverage here.


Opportunities

Join us at Focus40’s “Ideas of March” event 

Ideas_of_March.PNGMassDOT’s Focus40 Team has received more than 3,000 ideas from the public about where they want to see our transit system go by 2040. Join us for the “Ideas of March” to explore these crowd-sourced concepts and learn how they’ll influence the T’s planning and future.

Event Details:
Focus40 “Ideas of March” Open House
Wednesday, March 15th, 5:30-7pm
@MIT Media Lab


Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone

slowstreets.pngWant to see safer streets in your neighborhood? The City of Boston is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Slow Streets Zones, a program related to Vision Zero that aims to calm traffic in residential areas by redesigning them. Interested? Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like help applying. The deadline is March 24, 2017.


Join us at WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration

WalkBoston.jpgWe hope to see you at WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration to thank the organization’s for its over 27 years of incredible advocacy! Golden Shoe Awards will be given to City Council President Michelle Wu, Mission Hill/Roxbury activist Alison Pultinas, and Sarah Bankert, Caitlin Marquis & Dillon Sussman for their rural walking advocacy in Western Massachusetts. You won’t want to miss it! Register for the celebration here.

Event Details:
WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration
Wednesday, March 29th, 5-8pm
@Microsoft NERD Center


Submit your BRT station design proposals

brt_station_competition1.jpgHave you always wanted to redesign your local bus stop? Now’s your chance. BostonBRT is teaming up with The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) to find creative visions for what bus rapid transit stations could look like in Boston. Winners will receive cash prizes and a travel package to ITDP’s global Mobilize Conference in Santiago, Chile. Registration for the competition is April 5th, and the submission deadline is due April 12th. Check out the Boston BRT competition webpage for more important dates and guidelines.


Participate in Green Streets Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

GreenStreetsFlyer_top-no_year-lt.jpgThe annual Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among employers to determine which organizations are the green commuting champions. Encourage your employer to register for the 2017 Walk/Ride Day Challenge to participate (and win prizes!) by checking in online on the last Friday of each month from April through October when you walk, bike, take mass transit, or carpool to work!


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Bikes Not Bombs Gets New Executive Director

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

Elijah, our new Executive Director!
Meet Elijah Evans, Our New Executive Director!

Bikes Not Bombs is pleased to announce that Elijah Evans will be joining us as our new Executive Director. Elijah has a lifelong commitment to social justice and has the passion, vision, and leadership skills to bring BNB to new levels of success and growth.

Please join Bikes Not Bombs in warmly welcoming Elijah as the new Executive Director at a public welcome celebration hosted by BNB Board Member Amy Wilson and her husband David August on Wednesday, April 5th from 6-8pm at their home located at 5 Alveston Street, Jamaica Plain.

RSVP and read the full announcement on our website.

Register for the Bike-A-Thon, half-priced in March!
Register for the Bike-A-Thon!

Registration is now open for our 30th Bike-A-Thon on June 4th! We’re proud to offer our first ever Century Ride (100 miles) along with 10, 30 and 50 mile routes this year. Registration is half-priced throughout the month of March, so sign up today!

Check out the new route, learn more and register!

Check out our Annual Report!
Annual Report Release

Our 2016 Annual Report is out! Check out the online version, or download the PDF. We also have limited paper copies available at our Hub, or via mail by request.

Thank you to everyone who helped us throughout 2016, we had a great year full of growth and improvement in our many programs.

Job openings at BNB
We’re Hiring!

Please share our job openings to qualified candidates!

Senior Director of Development & Operations – Responsible for the fundraising, communications, operations and events at Bikes Not Bombs
Repair Mechanic – Diagnose and repair bicycles, interact with customers, selling bicycles, accessories, and repair service

TONIGHT is our One Brick Boston Social – Starting at 6:00pm we will mix and mingle at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain with our friends from One Brick Boston. Please RSVP to confirm your space.

Apply for EAB and GIA – Applications for Earn-A-Bike (EAB) and Girls In Action (GIA) are available on our website or at the Hub or Bike Shop. EAB will be from March 27th – April 27thrunning MondayThursday 4-7pm and Girls In Action will be from May 1st – June 1st running MondayThursday 4-7pm..

Laptops, chairs, tables and more needed – We need some supplies for our space! Please check out our website for donation requests.

Boston Globe Subscribers – Help us earn a free Globe ad just by showing your support. Simply go to BostonGlobe.com/GRANT and enter your subscriber information and the name and location of our organization before April 30, 2017. It only takes a minute, and it doesn’t cost you a dime.

BNB Visits East Africa – International Programs Director, Charlotte Fagan, is currently in East Africa visiting Cycloville and meeting with potential partner organizations. While visiting Cycloville, Charlotte is conducting evaluation interviews, leading strategic planning conversations, and participating in the 2nd Annual Women’s Bike Forum. After visiting Cycloville she will travel to Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania to meet with organizations to explore partnership opportunities. Check out the BNB website and social media for updates!

Upcoming Clinics at the Bike Shop – Clinics are back for the season! Join us!
Thurs 3/9 7-9pm Flat Fixing Clinic
Mon 3/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 3/23 7-9pm Basic Maintenance & Repair
Mon 4/3 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night


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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 09

From the email:

Register for the Bike-A-Thon starting March 1st!
Bike-A-Thon Registration Opens March 1st!

We’ve got exciting news about this year’s Bike-A-Thon!! We are thrilled to announce that we will have a Century (100 mile) route!

This year we are going to switch things around a bit and offer 10, 30, 50 and 100 mile routes, in order to ensure we have a route for all of our amazing riders! Registration will open on Wednesday March 1st and will be half-priced through the month of March, start getting your team together!

We need skilled 'packing' volunteers!
Container Packing Volunteer Training!

Ever wonder how our containers get packed? Been to a container loading before and eager to be on the inside of the container packing bikes? Come to a short training session February 25th to learn BNB’s distinct packing method from our expert packer volunteers! We’re in need of skilled volunteers who can help us pack 500-600 bikes in our containers 8 times a year. Come to this training to learn how!

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Apply for Youth Programs

Spring is around the corner! We’re accepting applications for Adult Instructor Training (AIT), Earn-A-Bike (EAB) and Girls In Action (GIA). AIT will be from March 6th to the 22nd running Monday – Wednesday from 6-9pm, and EAB will be from March 27th – April 27th running MondayThursday4-7pm. Girls In Action, which is an all girls version of Earn-A-Bike, will be from May 1st – June 1st running MondayThursday 4-7pm.

Questions? Contact Jerrone Elliot at 617-522-0222×102 or email [email protected].

Visit the Bike Shop!
Winter at the Bike Shop

This month get a special Winter Overhaul, a discounted rate on labor from the usual $200 to $150. Bring your bike by Mon – Sat for a free estimate to see if a winter overhaul is right for your bike. And, remember our large selection of used parts are now 50% off.

We’re hiring a Full-Time Mechanic to join the team. Please help us spread the word about this position, or apply yourself! Things are on sale at the Shop!

Upcoming Clinics:
Mon 2/13 7-9pm Femmechanics
Mon 3/6 7-9pm AEAB Alumni Night

Can you volunteer in our office?
Help Pack a Container to Village Bicycle Project!

On Sunday February 26th join us at our warehouse in Dorchester to pack 500+ bikes for Village Bicycle Project in Ghana. We’ll be packing from 9am-6pmrain or shine (or snow!).

Breakfast and lunch are served, drop in for an hour or stay all day! Please RSVP online.

Are you interested in being a corporate sponsor for the Bike-A-Thon?
Seeking Bike-A-Thon Sponsors

We’re looking for sponsors for our 30th Annual Bike-A-Thon! Do you have or know a business that is interested in providing either fiscal or in-kind donations in exchange for getting the word out to over 800 riders and volunteers?

The Bike-A-Thon will be on Sunday June 4th, check out more details about in-kind and fiscal sponsorships and email any questions to Annie Hamilton at [email protected]

Join us for a social with One Brick Boston!
One Brick Boston Social

Join Bikes Not Bombs for a joint social with our partner One Brick Boston, a nonprofit which provides volunteers to support a variety of nonprofits and causes throughout the Boston area. Starting at 6:00pmon Wednesday, March 8, we will mix and mingle at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain. We’re looking forward to getting to know more about one another and having a great time! Please RSVP to confirm your space.


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The Word On The Street

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    • Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge! October 16, 2017
      TweetFrom the email:   Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Hi all, All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up … Continue reading →
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    • Two Days Left To Register To Vote In Cambridge! October 16, 2017
      TweetFrom the email:   Are you registered to vote? The last day for Cambridge municipal election registration is this Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm. Hi all, All seats on Cambridge City Council are up for election this November 7, and the make-up … Continue reading →
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    • Speak Up For A Safer Beacon Street On Monday! September 29, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Now is the time to speak up for a safer Beacon Street! On Monday, October 2nd, the City of Boston is holding a “drop-in” meeting to share an update on the Beacon Street redesign project, a Vision Zero corridor project. … Continue reading →
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    • Action: Ask Council Candidates To Sign Onto The Bike Safety Platform September 29, 2017
      TweetFrom the email: Contact City Council candidates and ask them to sign onto the Cambridge Bicycle Safety platform (text below) urging a more aggressive implementation of the 20 miles of protected lanes called for in the City’s Bike Plan, along … Continue reading →
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    • 15th Annual Historic Bicycle Tour Of Middlesex Canal – This Sunday October 1st September 29, 2017
      TweetHistoric Bicycle Tour of Middlesex Canal On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Middlesex Canal Association, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Middlesex Canal Commission will sponsor the 15th annual historic bicycle tour of the Middlesex Canal.  Because the MBTA is not running trains on the Lowell Line … Continue reading →
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    • Free Hubway Ride Today! September 29, 2017
      Tweet Today is Free Ride Day! courtesy of High Brew Coffee It’s National Coffee Day! Jump start your morning with a bike ride and an energizing can of cold brew coffee. Come see us at Hubway’s Aquarium Station or Congress Street … Continue reading →
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    • Neighborhood Slow Streets: Construction, New Zones Updates September 14, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: CITY OF BOSTON Vision Zero Update NEIGHBORHOOD SLOW STREETS Our first two Neighborhood Slow Streets projects are heading into construction, and we’re getting ready to begin community walks with each of the five communities that were selected … Continue reading →
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    • Hubway Is Expanding In Boston Voice Your Input On New Station Locations September 13, 2017
      TweetHubway is getting bigger and even better! The Boston Transportation Department is adding more than 70 new stations over the next two years. The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) needs your help finding new locations in Boston for bike share stations! Starting this … Continue reading →
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    • Squirrel Head Badge Installed August 30, 2017
      One of my customers sent this awesome picture of my squirrel head badge installed on a bicycle. I think it looks awesome! Continue reading →
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    • Your Hard Work Paid Off! August 23, 2017
      Tweetfrom the email: ————–   We emailed, we called, we showed up – and we won! Due to the tremendous support for protected bicycle lanes over the past 3 weeks–in emails, calls, and in-person testimonies–on Monday, August 7, the City Council … Continue reading →
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